Brian & Brandi's Van's RV10 Build

Cowling video update

by Brian Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shot another quick video of the cowling. Nothing too exciting really but I figured for people who were researching on how to get this task done it would be helpful to have some video of the whole process. I was pretty intimidated to start but once I got going its all feeling pretty easy (mentally) - just a lot of sanding. Per usual, you can view the video in 720p for better quality if desired. 

Cowling Saga

by Brian Thursday, December 29, 2011

I was reluctant to get started on the cowling. For one I didnt want to sand any more fiberglass. Had enough of that mess. Secondly, I was worried it would be a long tedious road, like the doors were. Here are a few videos detailing my journey on the cowling. An aspect the videos dont detail that was important is we attached the bottom cowl to the plane and then laid the top on and temporarily clecoed the front center ring on the left and right sides of the center ring to hold the top and bottom together in a way that made the gaps fit ok. Then we were able to trim the back and sides of the top cowl. 





We ridin' spinners

by Brian Thursday, December 29, 2011

Decided to mount the spinner while the prop was on the engine. It seemed easier to rotate the blades and work with in general with it on the engine. The plans have you mount the prop after the spinner is done though. I was afraid of damaging the prop and didnt know how I was suppose to rotate the blades.. turns out you can just clamp a couple boards to the prop to give you some leverage.


Engine tour

by Brian Thursday, December 29, 2011

Engine mounting

by Brian Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our good friend Kyle helped us acquire an engine hoist from a friend of a friend. That helped out a bunch. Thanks Kyle! Keith came over and helped us get it mounted and we were all so excited we ended up starting at like 9pm, which is when we got the hoist and then got a chain that we needed. I even skipped one of my hockey games, which is very rare. I play sick, injured, at midnight on christmas, when ever. Ask Brandi. I dont usually miss my games if it can be helped.

Stick grip wiring-Part 1 video

by Brian Saturday, November 26, 2011

Note: It would have been easier to mount the trim relays to the wall that the stick passes through instead of on the spar. It was a challenge to get nutplates in the spar due to it being hard to reach between them. In hindsight this is what I recommend.

Wheel fairings started video

by Brian Saturday, November 26, 2011

Door video

by Brian Monday, September 26, 2011

I made a quick video of the operation of the door latch system.

One thing to point out that the video doesnt show is to give some more detail about the lock. This is the lock that came with our ACS ignition switch. This works out great because the same key will fit our baggage door, pilot side door, and ignition. I made a metal bracket to give it more stability. There are some photos which show the final product. Also, the door lock was placed on the aft side of the door handle, which means the door handle covers the lock on the outside of the door. This just kind of ended up this way and fortunately worked out just fine. There is a little play before the lock catches the gear so in order to lock the door, the handle must be turned about 30 degrees to expose the lock. It actually looks pretty neat on the outside because the lock is almost completely hidden when the door is shut. Probably very slightly more aerodynamic like this too.

First video

by Brian Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I got a new phone and it does decent video so I decided to shoot a quick video of some of the status of our build. I think that I'll start shooting more videos and go in-depth about certain areas of the project. Hopefully it will be helpful to future builders and enjoyable to all others.